There’s a new face in Ken­nett Square

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

His­toric Ken­nett Square has hired Nathaniel “Nate” Echev­er­ria as the Joint Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor .

KEN­NETT SQUARE » His­toric Ken­nett Square has hired Nathaniel “Nate” Echev­er­ria as the Joint Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment ef­forts of the Bor­ough of Ken­nett Square and Ken­nett Town­ship. The Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee, com­prised of lead­ers across var­i­ous dis­ci­plines within Ken­nett, unan­i­mously chose Echev­er­ria as the top can­di­date after a rig­or­ous in­ter­view process.

His $100,000 salary, in­clud­ing ben­e­fits, will be paid for equal­lly by Ken­nett Town­ship and Ken­nett Square.

Echev­er­ria is es­sen­tially com­ing “home” as he was raised in Me­dia, and earned his Mas­ters of City Plan­ning, Com­mu­nity and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. He is cur­rently em­ployed with the San Jose Down­town As­so­ci­a­tion. He has ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with de­vel­op­ers, small busi­nesses, elected of­fi­cials, mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tors, zon­ing of­fi­cials and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“We re­ceived three glow­ing re­views from his work­ing part­ners, and we felt his thought­ful pres­ence yet au­thor­i­ta­tive knowl­edge within this field would fit per­fectly in Ken­nett. He can make things hap­pen,” said His­toric Ken­nett Square Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mary Hutchins.

“As the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, Echev­er­ria will fo­cus on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­cently com­pleted Ken­nett Re­gional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Study, as well as as­sist­ing in the plan­ning and co­or­di­na­tion of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment projects that will en­hance the qual­ity of life for all mem­bers of the Ken­nett com­mu­nity,” said Tom Sausen, vice pres­i­dent of His­toric Ken­nett Square and chair of the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Task Force.

Echev­er­ria’s first day will be Dec. 4, which will al­low him to fin­ish a few projects he is re­spon­si­ble for in San Jose, CA and then move across the country.

“Those of us who have had the plea­sure of meet­ing Nate are ex­cited about him becoming part of our team and are con­fi­dent that he will be able to steer the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in a re­spon­si­ble and strate­gic man­ner,” said Hutchins.

Nathaniel Echev­er­ria

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